By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
DANVILLE — Steve Jewell’s Corbin Redhounds entered their game Friday as a heavy underdog against the Danville Admirals, but in the end, they gave Sam Harp’s squad a big scare before losing, 28-21.
Corbin led throughout the first half before seeing the Admirals score 21 unanswered points to take command of the game. The loss is the Redhounds’ third in a row and they are now 1-3 on the season for the second year in a row.
The third consecutive loss is a first for Jewell’s squad dating back to the 2006 season.
Corbin opened the game with an impressive 10-play, 80-yard drive as Tanner Powers’ seven-yard run gave his team an early 7-0 edge. He highlighted the drive by carrying the ball five times for 33 yards while a 20-yard pass from Taylor Waddle to Josh Jewell got things going for the Redhounds.
It didn’t take Danville long to tie the game at seven apiece, as Devonta Alcorn hit Ace Ray for a 24-yard touchdown strike with 4:43 remaining that capped off the 50-yard drive.
Both teams were struggling moving the ball throughout the first half, so Corbin decided to use some trickery, as a reverse on a Danville punt saw Hunter Grubb race 45 yards to give the Redhounds a 14-7 lead with 7:47 remaining in the second quarter.
But just as it seemed as if Corbin had gained some momentum, Danville answered quickly by putting together a 70-yard drive to tie the game at 14 apiece with 3:47 remaining in the first half. The Admirals broke open a couple of big running plays from Alcorn that set up their three-yard touchdown on the ground.
The Admirals’ opening drive of the third quarter mirrored Corbin’s drive to begin the game, as Danville’s Alcorn completed a 45-yard pass on third and 14 that eventually led to Jardarius Brown’s four-yard touchdown run. The score gave the Admirals their first lead of the game at 21-14 with 8:39 remaining in the third quarter.
Brown’s touchdown sparked his teammates, as the Admiral defense held Corbin to a four-and-out on its first possession of the second half and Danville scored in less than a minute on its second drive of the third quarter as Alcorn broke loose for a 59-yard touchdown run to give his team a commanding 28-14 edge at the 6:21 mark.
Despite seeing a 14-all tie evaporate into a 14-point deficit in a span of two minutes, the Redhounds marched downfield on their ensuing drive, but turned the ball over after Taylor Waddle was intercepted in Admiral territory.
Corbin managed to overcome the turnover and scored minutes later with Matt Jewell capping off the scoring drive by powering his way into the endzone from three yards out, cutting his team’s deficit to seven points (28-21) with 4:41 left in regulation.
The Redhounds had one final chance to tie or win the game during its last drive, but a couple of penalties and an incomplete pass on a fourth and 10 situation with :22 remaining from Danville’s 49-yard line sealed the win for the Admirals.
By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
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